The second wave of COVID-19 has locked Mumbaikars in their houses putting a halt to several kinds of businesses. While many can afford to keep their business closed, those at the lowest rung of the ladder cannot. People like hawkers, roadside vegetable vendors and others are currently struggling to survive.
While the police's job is to maintain discipline in the city, they are supposed to have empathy for those who are suffering. However, it seems that some lack that value.
Currently, a video is going viral on Twitter that shows a policeman destroying watermelon with his stick around a fruit cart that has been tumbled.
Journalist Suraj Ojha shared the video on Twitter with the caption, "A video is viral on social media saying,” a constable attached with Oshiwara police station over turned the hawker fruit cart at Vaishali Nagar and after which he started poking watermelon with his stick.”
Ojha further made a tweet informing that the police are verifying the footage and looking into the matter.
While some people are criticising the constable for misusing his power, others are appealing to citizens to respect the rules.
One Twitter user commented, "He dont have rite to demage all this fruits vbad of him he has to take that hawkers in pendamic act like 188. Etc seems this things (video) can damage law and order."
Another Twitter user wrote, "We as citizens should stop breaking rules. If we follow guidelines maintain Social distance, and only go out when necessary, follow instruction from Government officials...they will not have to do all this...imagine situation and pressure what they have to go through."
Further details awaited.